Kangaroo notebook: a novel
In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator ofKangaroo Notebookwakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment that repulses his doctor but provides the patient with the unusual ability to snack on himself. In short order, Kobo Abe's unraveling protagonist finds himself hurtling in a hospital bed to the very shores of hell. Abe has assembled a cast of oddities into a coherent novel, one imbued with unexpected meaning. Translated from the Japanese by Maryellen Toman Mori. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Kangaroo NotebookUser Review - Salvatore - Goodreads
By far, one of the strangest books I've ever read. Our narrator wakes up one day to find radish sprouts growing on his legs. And so begins a decent into a Dante-like hell, where dreams and mythology ... Read full review
Review: Kangaroo NotebookUser Review - Kristina Vyskocil - Goodreads
Kōbō Abe's "Kangaroo Notebook" is a surrealist exploration of the desire which exists between waking and dreaming, consciousness and unconsciousness, and life and death. Abe's narrative is hardly ... Read full review